With the cleanest air in the world, and landscapes that are second to none. Here are some of the many reasons to visit Finland.
Ride A Reindeer Or A Husky Sleigh
What better way to experience the white, cold wilderness than to be wrapped tightly under a reindeer hide in a sled pulled by a pack of huskies or Santa’s number one mode of transport. Lapland’s vast fells and guaranteed snow make it the best place to experience sledding. You can try riding with a pack of huskies from 15 minutes to excursions that last all day. Reindeer rides are usually shorter and more suitable for small children. Both husky and Reindeer rides are usually available from late October till late spring, even early summer.
If you don’t want to go all the way to the north pole, then why not visit Rovaniemi in the North of Finland. Here you will find Christmas delights such as an Elf School and you can meet Santa and Mrs Claus, who will teach you how to make Gingerbread treats. There is a Calligraphy School where you can pen a letter to Santa and a Post Office where the elves show you all the mail they receive over the course of the year. The main highlight here is to cross the Arctic Circle via an underground tunnel. If you are travelling with children then make sure not to miss the Winter Wonderland experience in Finland.
Olavinlinna is a castle that sits in Savonlinna and dates from the 15th Century. The castle is famed for its three dominating towers and was constructed on a rock in the centre of a glassy lake to afford it more protection from enemies. To get to the castle, you will need to walk across a series of creaking bridges and the inside is a maze of ornate towers and serene chapels. There are guided tours here which last an hour and will fill you in on all the history of daily life in the castle in the days of old.
Helsinki zoo has a long and illustrious history having first opened its doors in 1889, making it one of the oldest zoo’s in the world. It sits on Korkeasaari Island and has an impressive 150 different species of animals as well as 1,000 kinds of plants. The island spans 52 acres and you will find animals as diverse as camels, bears, wolverines, monkeys and lions. The zoo is segregated into sections including Amazonia, Africasia, and Borealia. As you would imagine the zoo also has an abundance of Nordic animals like wolves, reindeers, elks, and bison.
The Imatrankoski Rapids are the most popular tourist attraction outside of Helsinki. The rapids date back 5,000 years and would have been the result of gushing waters from nearby lakes. Now a large dam has been built and the rapids are released several times a day in the summer months so that visitors can enjoy the spectacle of the surging waves.
The Northern Lights
Many people come to Finland just to see the Northern Lights which is usually a travel highlight of a lifetime. The northern lights can be spotted from different points in Finland but the best place to travel to is Lapland which is where you have the highest chance of success. If you are coming just for the lights then try to time your trip between September and March when they are at their most visible. The Northern Lights are actually caused by the glow of particles from the sun as they enter the atmosphere of the earth and can only be seen around the North and South poles.
Sarkanniemi Amusement Park
Sarkanniemi Amusement Park in Tampere is known for its fast-paced rides and varied attractions that are fun for all of the family. The park has a large aquarium as well as a planetarium and Children’s zoo. As if that wasn’t enough, you can also take in the views of surrounding Tampere from the observation tower which is called the Nasi Needle. There are a range of rollercoasters here to enjoy like the Sky Rocket, the Tornado, and the Half Pipe and for younger visitors there are calmer rides like Whirly Worm.
Pyha-Luosto National Park
If you are looking for a picture perfect part of Finland then head for the Pyha-Luosto National Park where you will find miles of pine forests and dramatic gorges and peaks. The park is home to the Lampivaara Amethyst Mine but it also has 90 miles of walking trails so if you enjoy hiking then this really is a must visit attraction. Some of the main points of interest in the park are the Pyha Waterfall as well as Isokuru which is famous for being the deepest gorge in the country. There are also 75 miles of ski trails here and you can go snowmobiling or enjoy a reindeer sleigh ride.